1ST FRIDAY @ GALERIA WEST Bi-Monthly Music Concert Series Event with ENKI BELLO in Concert
The popular 1ST FRIDAY @ GALERIA WEST music concert series continues with a special evening of Latin music traditions and more with extraordinary Colombian harp musician Enki Bello & Friends in concert as they take the stage at the wonderfully intimate Galeria West Art & Music Gallery in quaint downtown Westfield, NJ.
Enki Semíramis Bello Maldonado was born on February 26th, 1991 in Bogota, Colombia. Known on stage as Enki Bello, she is a Colombian harpist, singer-songwriter, and record producer, who began in the music scene of Colombia in 1999. Raised in Bogota, Enki Bello began performing in middle school, demonstrating her incredible ability with Colombian, Folk, Latin American, and International music. Enki began her first musical steps at the age of four instructed by her father, Jaime Bello (Architect and Civil Engineer), who taught her the first harp lessons, and her brother Pedro Bello (BS/MS in Electrical Engineering), who also taught her how to play the guitar, cuatro, and maracas. Her family shares a profound passion for music which was transmitted to her.
Along with instruction on a variety of instruments, Enki took her first vocal lessons with her mother, Alma Maldonado (Lawyer and Professor of Social Sciences and Literature), who becomes a major influence in Enki's music career.
Enki attends the Academy of Harp (Academia Llano y Joropo) and begins her professional career as a harp-solo-player with Master Hildo Ariel Aguirre, a well-known Colombian harpist, who also teaches her about the music industry works and how to promote her music.
As she matures, Enki discovers within herself a passion for songwriting and poetry. She starts to write songs combining the harp's melodies with her original lyrics, creating a unique style. Her ability to join elements of traditional Colombian Folk music with contemporary rhythms have had an impact in the music industry.
In 2008 she records her first album with the band "Arpas de Colombia". Later, she is signed by independent record label "FILMASTER RECORDS", and in 2010 she releases her first solo album called "The Magic of the Harp".
Enki has appeared on many radio and TV interviews where she performs and talks about her album receiving positive critical reviews. Enki has relocated with her family to the United States and continues her studies in Music Business at Bergen Community College in New Jersey. Her high level of musicianship has allowed her to be selected as the best interpreter in several folk music contests across the country, and has she has performed concerts on stages in Colombia and the United States.
Enki is joined for this special concert presentation at 1st Friday @ Galeria West by special guests and fellow musicians John LaBarbera on guitar and Michael Marrero on percussion.
May we suggest that you plan to enjoy a delicious dinner or dessert before or after the show at one of several fine dining establishments in downtown Westfield and the surrounding area. Most within walking distance from Galeria West.
Event proceeds benefit in part programming efforts at TEATRO Si, a 501(c)3 not for profit NJ corporation.
Galeria West Art Gallery (View)
111 Quimby Street
Westfield, NJ 07090
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